• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 21.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Medium format 2,169.5mm2
  • 101.1 megapixels
  • ISO 50 - 12,800

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark II advantages over Phase One XF 100MP

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.41 vs 4.63 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 10.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More telephoto lens reach
    105 mm vs 52 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Thinner
    75 mm vs 160 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/200 vs 1/125 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Lighter weight
    1588g vs 2696g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.21 vs 0.33 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 52 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster RAW shooting
    3.9 fps vs 0.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Phase One XF 100MP advantages over Canon 5D Mark II

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    Medium format vs 35mm
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Newer
    3 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    101.1 vs 21.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    3600 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 11 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Sony A900

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A900
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Phase One XF 100MP
Sony A900
  • $48990
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D3X

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D3X
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
Phase One XF 100MP
Nikon D3X
  • $48990
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A850

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A850
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Phase One XF 100MP
Sony A850
  • $48990
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Pentax 645Z

Canon 5D Mark II
Pentax 645Z
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $5665
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Phase One XF 100MP
Pentax 645Z
  • $48990
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
  • $5665
  • Medium format
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup

Compared to Leica S (Typ 007)

Canon 5D Mark II
Leica S (Typ 007)
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Phase One XF 100MP
Leica S (Typ 007)
  • $48990
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
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